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45. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 21:35 Jivaro
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 20:42:
Who's this guy on TBS right now whose voice is so deep that it sounds like it's being modulated for witness protection?

one of these guys I guess...I don't have the game on unfortunately, TBS baseball commentators and analysts
 
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44. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 20:42 Sepharo
 
Who's this guy on TBS right now whose voice is so deep that it sounds like it's being modulated for witness protection?  
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43. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 19:08 Jivaro
 
Blue wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 16:55:
Jivaro wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 15:25:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 15:19:
Cosell was awesome.

And here I believed I was one of the only people who thought that. Seems like everyone I know hated him. :/

Here are my opinions on some of the announcers being discussed here:

Loved Cosell. Love Marv Albert. Hate Joe Buck. Used to like Tim McCarver when he began doing Mets games, but before long his attention to detail gave way to pedantry. He's become positively tedious.

Marv Albert is one of those that I am indifferent to.... definitely has a distinctive voice though. As for for McCarver..that is a perfect way to explain it Blue. Some people just get a bit bitter with age, I think McC is one those people. It gets old fast.
 
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42. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 16:55  Blue 
 
Jivaro wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 15:25:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 15:19:
Cosell was awesome.

And here I believed I was one of the only people who thought that. Seems like everyone I know hated him. :/

Here are my opinions on some of the announcers being discussed here:

Loved Cosell. Love Marv Albert. Hate Joe Buck. Used to like Tim McCarver when he began doing Mets games, but before long his attention to detail gave way to pedantry. He's become positively tedious.
 
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 15:56 Mr. Tact
 
Someone many people seem to like that I don't is Marv Albert. He is "okay", but he is way down on my list.  
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 15:25 Jivaro
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 15:19:
Cosell was awesome.

And here I believed I was one of the only people who thought that. Seems like everyone I know hated him. :/
 
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 15:19 Mr. Tact
 
Cosell was awesome.  
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 14:42 Jivaro
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 12:17:
I agree that many (most?) of the talking heads do the type of "in the moment" commentating you are complaining about, and are not consistent with their opinions.

But I don't see you accusing Joe Buck of that. So basically, you don't like his voice and mannerisms. While it's not possible for me to refute that, I would say if that was the worst I could say about the announcers/commentators of any sporting event I was watching, I would be reasonably satisfied with them.

Different people irritate me for different reasons. The combination of either Buck/Aikman or Buck/McCarver just make it worse, and Buck is the common denominator. I can't think of any other commentators in any sport that bug me like he does. At worst, I don't notice them or I am indifferent to their quircks.

Or to put it another way....I liked Cosell better. Yeah, I said it.
 
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 12:17 Mr. Tact
 
I agree that many (most?) of the talking heads do the type of "in the moment" commentating you are complaining about, and are not consistent with their opinions.

But I don't see you accusing Joe Buck of that. So basically, you don't like his voice and mannerisms. While it's not possible for me to refute that, I would say if that was the worst I could say about the announcers/commentators of any sporting event I was watching, I would be reasonably satisfied with them.
 
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36. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 12:00 Jivaro
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2012, 08:11:
I suspect most of the Internet hate on Joe Buck is simply because he isn't Jack Buck -- his famous, well loved, father. Joe is better than most of the talking heads in my book. I hear so many commentators say things which make absolutely no sense or are completely wrong. Joe Buck seems to do less of that.

I agree that Jack Buck was awesome. I would also admit that when it comes to statistical facts and superficial analysis, Joe Buck is pretty much on point. Whether or not that is because of him or because of his production team I wouldn't know.

What irritates me about him is his voice and his mannerisms. It doesn't help that he is often teamed up with McCarver or Aikman. While both of those men most definitely know their respective sports, both are also "flavor-of-the-day" analysts. In other words they have no problem completely trashing someone on one day and then when that person does something extraordinary they are all of a sudden their biggest fan.

One week I listened to Aikman trash Alex Smith for about 15 minutes, the next week (at Buffalo) he was talking about how unfair it was that most of the media don't "give Alex Smith the credit he deserves"...and then this past weekend he was back on the Alex Smith hate train again, stating that Smith never should have been a starting quarterback in the NFL. I mean..what? In the pre-game Aikman was praising Smith for having stuck it out through so many offensive coaching changes. By half-time..somehow Smith wasn't even worthy of being in the NFL? Wow.
 
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 08:11 Mr. Tact
 
I suspect most of the Internet hate on Joe Buck is simply because he isn't Jack Buck -- his famous, well loved, father. Joe is better than most of the talking heads in my book. I hear so many commentators say things which make absolutely no sense or are completely wrong. Joe Buck seems to do less of that.  
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 02:21 Prez
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 15, 2012, 17:36:
Jivaro wrote on Oct 15, 2012, 17:17:
On a totally different note...does anyone else find Joe Buck of Fox Sports, to be one of the most irritating people on TV? First I had to listen to him through the NYG/SF game, then I had to listen to him through the Giants/Cardinals game. Something about him just puts me off.

Dude, there are websites out there dedicated solely to hating on Joe Buck. Yeah, he irritates a hell of a lot of people. He definitely should be doing something else. At least the "Boom goes the dynamite" guy said something funny once.

Huh - I kind of like Joe Buck in a "at-least-he's-not-even-remotely-annoying-as-that-McCarver-dufus" kind of way.
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 00:58 kabloie
 
Many thanks to you Blue for 5000 daily updates, or thereabouts. Long time everyday reader. How many other old school outposts like bluenews are still standing? Not too many!  
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2012, 00:35 Erebus
 
Yeah congrats Blue.

Anyway, about this Specter thing. Of ourse the media is all teed up with their aggrandizing this prototypical self-serving crook of a politician, conveniently forgetting that he's the genius that came up with the "magic bullet" theory of Kennedy's assassination. The problem with selling your soul is when that bill coms due. Marshmallows anyone?

Mr. Blue, I've enjoyed your site for many a year; it's probably themost reliable thing on the internet. I'm usually afraid to post here because of the cliquish and hostile nature of the denizens hereof, but I'll risk it to say congrats.

PS - I hope you appreciate the subtle humour of the above. I suspect I'll be attacked by the afore mentioend cliquish and hostile before I even press "post".
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2012, 22:43 Jivaro
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 15, 2012, 22:30:
PHJF wrote on Oct 15, 2012, 22:21:
oh my god

You said ICQ and I immediately remembered my number, 45314615... and I haven't used ICQ in at least 6 years. Shit is crazy.

4149603

BAM

21484308...I think that is it anyway. Weird how I remember that.
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2012, 22:31 xXBatmanXx
 
Mercury Craters Look Like Cookie Monster in NASA Photo. Thanks nin.

Livescience popup window fail. Never going back to their site again.
 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2012, 22:30 xXBatmanXx
 
PHJF wrote on Oct 15, 2012, 22:21:
oh my god

You said ICQ and I immediately remembered my number, 45314615... and I haven't used ICQ in at least 6 years. Shit is crazy.

4149603

BAM
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2012, 22:21 PHJF
 
oh my god

You said ICQ and I immediately remembered my number, 45314615... and I haven't used ICQ in at least 6 years. Shit is crazy.
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2012, 22:18 Lokust
 
Thanks for keeping the site running, Blue. Have been visiting since 98 or so and am happy that it hasn't changed.  
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2012, 22:18 crypto
 
There is no other site I've recommend more, always a win.  
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